Abington Nutrition Services LLC was founded by Richard Perlmutter, M.S. to provide nutrition labeling services for food and beverage manufacturers.
Our work is based on federal govern-ment regulations that are overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Foods Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS oversees the nutrition labeling of red meat (including pork) and poulty products. These regu-lations describe, in a detailed manner, how nutritional information is presented on the packaging of food and beverage products.
We prepare required FDA-compliant nutrition labeling - the Nutrition Facts panel, list of ingredients, and allergens.
These may be in English or bilingual English and Spanish.
We prepare required FSIS-compliant nutrition labels. These are very similar to the FDA labels. We prepare gener-ically approved labels as well as those reviewed by the Label Submission and Approval Service (LSAS).
Nutrition Labeling and Product Marketing
Even though most nutrition labeling is predetermined by federal regulations, there is some degree of choice. There is choice in how ingredients are listed, which nutrients to include, and use of claims regarding the amount of nutri-ents and health benefits.
These choices can profoundly influence how a product is marketed, and how the consumer can be expected to perceive the product.
Our monthly newsletter Nutrition Sense and Nutrition Nonsense often discusses the interplay between nutrition labeling and product marketing. (Please click the Newsletter tab to see the current and past issues.)
For example, the July 2014 issue relates details of a legal clash concerning the name of a blended fruit juice. The defendant claims to be following FDA juice labeling regulations. The plantiff, who is a competitor, cites another federal law claiming the name is illegal because it is deceptive.
The September 2013 newsletter ex-plains what is acceptable and what is not acceptable for a food with a "gluten-free" claim.
The December 2012 issue features a comparison of nutrition claims on the packaging of a popular brand of pudding - before and after the labeling was up-dated. The reasons for the updates are discussed.
It is important to understand that nutrition labeling does not stand alone. How the labeling is presented strongly impacts product marketing. In fact it is a major component of the marketing.
Three main parts
There are three main parts to nutrition labeling--the Nutrition Facts panel, the list of ingredients, and the declaration of allergens.
In addition one may add nutrient content claims such as 'low calorie' or 'excellent source of'.
To further promote beneficial characteristics one may add health claims and qualified health claims. Use of these is restricted to foods and beverages that meet strict criteria.
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